Blue Heaven

C. J. Box, Author . St. Martin’s Minotaur $24.95 (344p) ISBN 978-0-312-36570-7

At the start of this overly complicated thriller from bestseller Box, his first stand-alone, siblings Annie and William Taylor, ages 12 and 10, witness a gruesome murder in the woods outside the small Idaho town of Kootenai Bay, nicknamed “Blue Heaven” for its abundance of retired LAPD officers. Annie and William make a run for it after they’re spotted by the killers, a group of crooked LAPD cops who retired to Idaho eight years earlier after pulling a complicated heist in California that left a man dead. Rancher Jess Rawlins becomes the children’s only hope of survival after they take refuge in his barn. Jess must stay one step ahead of the killers, who have volunteered to “help” the local authorities investigate the children’s disappearance. Annie and William’s mother is frantic, as the scheming officers try to persuade her the children are gone for good. A subplot involving a retired California detective pursuing the original robbery case adds too many extra characters and undercuts the suspense. Readers expecting the same brisk story lines as the author’s Joe Pickett crime novels (Free Fire , etc.) will be disappointed. 100,000 first printing; author tour. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 10/15/2007
Release date: 01/01/2008
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Paperback - 344 pages - 978-0-312-61483-6
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